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The Congress(I)'s Constitution

A.G. Noorani

in CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0105
The Congress(I)'s Constitution

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In 1993, the Congress (I) Working Committee (CWC) authorised its president, P. V. Narasimha Rao, to not only nominate the entire Parliamentary Board but also a Board to choose the party's candidates for the forthcoming elections to the Assemblies of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh. This was not unusual for a political party which has not held organisational elections for more than twenty years, but its implications affect the Constitution of the country itself. How can a democratic Constitution be worked by a political party in power who does not abide by its own Constitution and by democratic norms within its own ranks? The Congress Party's persistent violation of its own constitution and of democratic principles in general is a matter of public concern.

Keywords: Congress (I) Working Committee; P. V. Narasimha Rao; Congress Party; constitution; India; elections; democratic norms; organizational norms

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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